Contributor post by Emily and Erick of Hello Home Shoppe.
If you’re any bit like us and the proximity between Thanksgiving and the Holidays this year has caught you off guard, this DIY was practically made for you! We’re so behind on decorating this year, so we were inspired to put together a simple, yet beautiful wreath made out of materials that we had readily accessible
According to Organic Gardening, boxwood is the most popular shrub in North America, so chances are, you can source the greens for this project in your own backyard. However, if you’re hard pressed to find any, head to a nearby nursery or garden supply store–we got ours from Tiny Terra Ferma. We like the fact that the materials for the wreath can be sourced from native plants–feel free to follow the simple principles of the wreath DIY, substituting with other plants growing near you! Magnolia leaves, holly, herbs, and any other hardy woody plants will work great here!
Materials To Gather
Boxwood Clippings–about 5-6 inches long.
8″ Wreath Frame
1.) Cut your floral wire into a bunch of little “U” shapes–about 2 inches long. These little pieces will make it easier to twist your boxwood onto your wreath frame.
2.) In your hand, gather a few stems of boxwood into a little bundle. Using your floral wire “U” shapes, twist the bundle onto the wreath frame. Secure tightly in the back of the frame.
3.) Repeat this step, working clockwise as you secure the small bundles of boxwood to your frame, until you’ve filled the entire wreath.
4.) Once you’re wreath is completed, fill in any gaps with smaller clippings and trim off the longer branches, if desired. We left our boxwood long because we prefer the loose, wild look to the wreath. However, you can always trim your wreath to give the wreath a more uniform look.